Steering Group

The Northern Dimension Institute Steering Group (NDI SG) consists of representatives of the participating universities and research institutes, as well as representatives of the ND Partnerships. The NDI SG:

  1. promotes NDI in national and international forums
  2. generates and proposes research ideas for NDI
  3. monitors and supports the activities of NDI

The NDI SG is nominated for two years. The chairmanship rotates periodically from one ND partner country to another.

NDI Steering Group 2015-2016:

Chair of the NDI Steering Group

  • Aileen A. Espiritu, Ph.D., The Barents Institute, UiT The Arctic University of Norway


  • Dace Resele, Head of Secretariat, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC)
  • lveta Cirule, Head of RISEBA Creative Business Incubator, Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA), Latvia
  • Irina Kizilova, Deputy Director of the Institute for Cultural Programs (ICP), Russia

Energy and environment

  • Ewa Manik, Associate Fund Manager, Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP)
  • Nina Tynkkynen, SocScD, Doc., Senior Lecturer, University of Turku, Finland
  • Maria Kononova, Dr.-Eng. habil., Prof., Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Russia

Health and Social Wellbeing

  • Marek Maciejowski, Head of Secretariat, Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)
  • Arja Rautio, MD, Ph.D., ERT, research professor, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir, Professor, School of Health and Education, Reykjavik University, Iceland

Transport and Logistics

  • Oddgeir Danielsen, Director, Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL)
  • Joachim Meyer, ISL – Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, Germany

Business and Economy

  • Jari Jumpponen, Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC)
  • Yaroslav Meshavkin, General Director, Center for interregional cooperation of employers of Northwestern federal district of Russia, Coordinator of the NDBC Working Group of Education and Labor, Russia
  • Claes Alvstam, Professor, University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law, Centre for International Business Studies/Economic Geography, Sweden

Regional Development and Politics

  • Lassi Heininen, Ph.D., Professor, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Živilė Paužaitė, Manager of international academic exchange and networks, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Jacek Zaucha, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gdansk University, Poland